When God Speaks, Who Will Listen?

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In 1962, the United States Supreme Court made a ruling on a case that would change the face of American schools forever. For months the Court endlessly debated the pros and cons of either outcome. On June 25 of that year, the Court made its decision, and the class-wide activity of Bible reading was banned. God was no longer welcome in the public school system.Less than a year later, on June 17, 1963, the same Supreme Court extended that decision and barred government sponsored prayer recitations as well as the Bible reading sessions. Yet, this decision was not as firm as the one affecting the reading of the Word of God. Students and teachers alike were still allowed to pray; they merely had to do it privately and on their own time.This country was founded on the statutes of the word of God, and this land was dedicated to Him. Yet, throughout the years, the U.S. slowly lapsed into a state of apostasy. Each generation rebelling to, and lowering the standards set by their predecessors. However, it may be surprising to learn that centuries before this, God's chosen people, the Israelites, also turned their backs on God. The account was written in 2 Kings 17:15 and 17, which says: "And they rejected his statutes and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the Lord had charged them, that they should not do like them. And they caused their sons and daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger."(Bible)The Lord was most displeased with His people and passed judgment on them. His judgment was recorded in Jeremiah 6:19, "Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it." (Bible) And, indeed, His judgment was swift and deliberate. 2 Kings 17:20 chronicles the details, "And the Lord rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight." (Bible) God loved His people; but when they turned their backs on Him, and rejected Him, he could no longer protect them. Once again, God's Word has been rejected; and now, by the sins of their father's, punishment will be meted out upon the next generation. Now it's time to sift through the wreckage and see how extensive the deterioration truly is.Many students of the public school system now have very little knowledge of the Bible and the impact it can have on their lives. When asked to name one of Jesus' apostles, one thirteen-year-old girl didn't even know what the word "apostle" meant. Other students had heard of "Jesus Christ", but purely from the fact that they used His name as a swearing term. Still others thought Jesus was simply some...

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